Malta’s public transportation system is well-developed and the primary means of getting around the islands, especially for visitors.
Buses: The bus network, managed by Malta Public Transport, is the main mode of public transportation in Malta and Gozo. The service is extensive, covering most parts of the islands, making it a convenient and economical option for visitors. The buses are modern, comfortable, and equipped with air conditioning. They operate from early morning until late evening, and there are also night services, particularly in the main tourist areas. The central bus terminal is located just outside the gates of Valletta.
Ferries: Given Malta’s archipelagic nature, ferries play an essential role in its public transportation system. There are regular ferry services connecting the main island of Malta to the smaller islands of Gozo and Comino. The ferry ride offers stunning views of the islands and the surrounding blue waters of the Mediterranean. There is also a ferry service within Valletta harbour that connects Sliema and the Three Cities to the capital.
Taxis and Ride-Sharing: Taxis are also available and can be a convenient way to get around, especially for shorter distances or if you’re in a hurry. White taxis operate across the island and can be hailed from the street or taxi stands. E-cabs, the local equivalent to Uber, and Bolt are popular ride-hailing apps in Malta.
Bicycles and Scooters: For the more adventurous, renting a bicycle or an electric scooter can be an exciting way to explore the island, especially in areas with bike-friendly infrastructure.
While Malta does have a public transportation system, it’s worth noting that during the peak summer season and rush hours, buses can be crowded and sometimes delayed due to traffic. Always allow a bit of extra travel time to reach your destination.